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Tween Fun: Things For Tweens To Do

Updated on April 29, 2011

Mom, I'm Bored!

It's inevitable! No matter how much you do to promote interesting pastimes for your tween, there will come that time when you hear these words: I'm bored. Boredom is probably questionable, if your household is anything like mine. Aside from electronic entertainments, and a multitude of board games, bicycles, sporting equipment, and who knows what else, the tween decides that he, or she, is bored. Say it isn't so, child!

Children have the ability to think up plenty to do. Sometimes, to our chagrine, those things are a bit mischievous. However, with a little thoughtful direction, we can certainly provide interesting activities for our tweens, things which they can accept as not too dorky for their advanced years, and things that we can accept as sufficiently productive.

Note To Self:

Think up plenty of interesting activities before summer arrives!

Outdoor Activities For Tweens

Brainstorming...

There are lots of directions you can go, in thinking up things for your tweens to do in their down time. Think about what would have interested you in your early adolescence. Of course, there are plenty of ways for them to do electronic related things, inside, but out of doors time is awesome for using up the extreme energy many tweens have. Furthermore, the sunshine is a natural source of Vitamin D. The exercise that your tween gets outside is healthy, as well.

If the weather is acceptable, you want to have a good selection of possible outdoor "things to do". Pre-think a list, and give your child a couple of options when that boredom is expressed, verbally or non-verbally.

Paid Activities

Keep things interesting, and develop some practical outdoor projects which will give your tween the chance to earn some spending money. Diversion is fun, but this is an ideal age to instill a work ethic. Life skills can be developed!

Read about various business ideas for young people...

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If you aren't sure what to suggest, peruse the thoughts of others!

 

Recreation

Keep outdoor time fun for your tweens, as well. There are many simple activities for out of doors, and your tween will let you know which are the best!

Intex Above Ground Pool

15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame Above Ground Swimming Pool Set
15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame Above Ground Swimming Pool Set

An above ground pool is perfect for keeping your tween occupied through the warm summer months! Great for exercise, and reasonably priced, these are great pools, and perfect for a summer of fun!

 

Jumping Fun

Pure Fun 12-Foot Trampoline with Enclosure Set
Pure Fun 12-Foot Trampoline with Enclosure Set

A trampoline is a year round source of activity and fun! Many tweens love this outlet. Just make sure ground rules are set, and that weight limits are observed. The trampoline doubles as a great place to sleep out on a warm night and observe the stars.

 

More Ideas

Biking

Building

Gardening

Sports

Indoor Activities for Tweens

When weather or other circumstances interfere with outdoor activities, it's also great to have some indoor activities up your sleeve...other than video games and computer and television...oh, my!

In spite of all the electronic entertainment available, it seems inevitable that you will hear the "I'm bored" blues from a tween. Have some ideas, and perhaps, you can spur a passion for a skill in music, arts, or baking. Be willing to work together with a tween, as a little direction can go a long way. Once that direction is given, and the tween gets proficient, give him or her room to experiment and create!

Keep a Basket of Ideas

When your tween approaches you with the words, "I'm bored", just send that child to the idea basket, and encourage him to find something to do. Include some fun, relevant options, like "make a cup of coffee for mom", or "stand on your head", or "hug your little sister". Your tween may learn to thi

Thanks so much for reading! Enjoy your tween!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I believe that planning is important. Making suggestions and putting in a jar was a good idea, will try it when school closes and we have three months of freedom!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      My tweens have come and gone, they're hardly even teens anymore. Great ideas here.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for sharing!

    • sheilamarie78 profile image

      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Great ideas to banish the "b" word!

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      great lens...always looking for ideas for my tween boy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What fun. Its been a while since I had a tween but the, "Mom I'm bored" is something I do remember. I agree that outdoor activities are the best and I love your basket of activities idea.